Annual Stampede Picnic Benefits Pillars Community Health

Pictured at Stampede’s Picnic (left to right): HR Manager Claudia Torres, HR Director Christina Hackney, CEO & President Brock Furlong, HR Generalist Monika Farfan, Pillars Philanthropy Special Event Coordinator Tiara Goodwin, and HR Generalist Ana Adan

An annual end-of-summer Stampede tradition may look only like fun and games, but its main goals are team building and working together for the benefit of our surrounding communities. This year’s on-site company picnic focuses on donating to Pillars Community Health

Pillars Community Health is an innovative health and social services agency, being one of the first nonprofits in Illinois to integrate primary medical dental care with mental health and social services.

While corporate and plant employees join together for a dunk tank, mealtime and various soccer games in a pay-to-play fashion, Stampede with match all proceeds dollar for dollar in donations for Pillars.

“Healing, caring and educating are the heart of what we do,” Pillars Director of Philanthropy Katherine Banasiak said. “On any given day, we are sheltering families from domestic violence, providing restorative dental care, changing the conversation about sexual assault on college campuses, teaching young children who are enrolled in Head Start, counseling those recovering from opioid abuse, empowering clients with mental illness, and helping patients manage chronic illnesses—and these are just some examples of the work we do, work that is so needed in our communities.”

“At the heart of all of it is our desire to heal, care, and educate; to stand as strong as pillars on behalf of every person who is reaching for a better future; to influence the whole health of the people we serve and bring about a healthier community,” Banasiak continued.

At least 60 to 70 percent of Stampede’s over 1,000 employees participate in the annual picnic.

Last year, Stampede donated all funds collected from its picnic to No Kid Hungry in partnership with Denny’s.

This holiday season, Stampede is a Salvation Army partner, ensuring families are fed through its Christmas Food Box Project.